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Sharapova into Australian Open quarterfinals

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Sharapova into Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova continued her dominating display at the Australian Open, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kirsten Flipkens to set a tournament record for the fewest number of games lost through four rounds.

Sharapova has lost only five games in four matches at Melbourne Park, including a pair of 6-0, 6-0 results - 24 games in a row - ahead of her third-round win over Venus Williams in which she dropped four games.

At the 1989 Australian Open, eventual champion Steffi Graf lost eight games en route to the quarterfinals, the previous best mark for fewest games lost through four rounds, a record later equaled by Monica Seles.

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Wake Forest at Virginia Tech College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Virginia Tech is one of those teams that no one is talking about, despite been ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll. They look to continue their winning ways and a march to the NCAA Tournament with a home contest against Wake Forest. 

The Demon Deacons are in the midst of a rough season. Nonconference was ugly for them and ACC play did not start much better. However, they just shocked No. 17 N.C. State in Winston-Salem. Could this be a sign of a turnaround for Wake?

For Virginia Tech, they only have two losses this year, their last to rival Virginia. Latest projections have them as a No. 3 or a No. 4 in the NCAA Tournament and to keep that up they cannot afford a slip up.

Wake Forest and Virginia Tech play Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and is broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech How to Watch

What: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Virginia Tech Hokies
Where: Cassell Colesium, Blacksburg, VA
When: 4:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Radio (Online)

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech Preview

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Record: Wake Forest (8-8, 1-3 ACC), Virginia Tech (14-2, 3-1 ACC)
Last Game: 71-67 Win vs. No. 17 N.C. State 1/15 (Wake Forest), 81-59 Loss vs. No. 4 Virginia 1/15 (Virginia Tech)
Leading Scorers: Brandon Childress 16.1ppg (Wake Forest), Nickeil Alexander-Walker 17.9ppg (Virginia Tech)

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech Betting Odds/Lines

Spread: Virginia Tech (-19)
Against the Spread: Wake Forest (7-9), Virginia Tech (10-6)
Money Line: N/A
Over/Under: 140.5 points

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Pittsburgh at Syracuse College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Pittsburgh at Syracuse College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Syracuse and Pittsburgh hold two of the most shocking victories of ACC play so far this season. The Syracuse Orange knocked off the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor. The Pittsburgh Panthers stole a home contest against No. 11 Florida State.

Neither team had an impressive nonconference season. These upset victories in the ACC are what it is going to take to get either the Orange or the Panthers convincingly into the NCAA Tournament. Wins against similar opponents will also bode well for their tournament resume.

Syracuse and Pitt get that opportunity on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. as they play each other on NBC Sports Washington.

Pittsburgh at Syracuse How to Watch

What: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Syracuse Orange
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
When: 2:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Radio: Cuse Radio (Online)

Pittsburgh at Syracuse Preview

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Record: Pittsburgh (12-5, 2-2), Syracuse (12-5, 3-1)
Last Game: 75-62 Win vs. No. 11 Florida State 1/14 (Pittsburgh), 95-91 OT Win vs. No. 1 Duke 1/14 (Syracuse)
Leading Scorers: Xavier Johnson 17.1ppg (Pittsburgh), Tyus Battle 18.0ppg (Syracuse)

Pittsburgh at Syracuse Betting Odds/Lines

Spread: Syracuse (-8)
Against the Spread: Pittsburgh (13-4), Syracuse (9-8)
Money Line: N/A
Over/Under: 135 points

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